The acquittal of four white police officers caught on video brutally beating black motorist Rodney King prompted one of the biggest race riots in recent history.
The verdict, passed by an all-white jury, provoked a political storm and in south LA, angry crowds shouting "guilty, guilty" tried to storm police headquarters.
55 people were killed in the ensuing violence. Two of the officers were later found guilty on federal charges of violating Rodney King's civil rights. Rodney King himself was awarded $3.8 million in damages from the City of Los Angeles.
Picture shows King showing his injuries to reporters